GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The outside of the Lynn Meadows Discover Center was full of princesses, supermen and plenty of other things Saturday morning.
Cindy DeFrances is the center's executive director and said this year's Halloween festival worked out perfectly, because of the high chance of rain in the evening forecast.
"We just always have early mornings for families, because we know that children like to have nap time before trick-or-treating, so this is just perfect for us," DeFrances said.
Games, music, face painting and sweet treats were all a part of the fun.
"It's good family time and it's good for Hayley because it's safe," Kiln resident Ami Moran said.
If there wasn't enough fun for the kids to have outside, there was plenty to do indoors, too.
"That hands-on, educational opportunity on top of doing all of the outside activities and Halloween events," DeFrances said.
The children weren't the only ones taking advantage of the costume fun and games. Their parents were, too.
"Truth be told, there aren't many themes you can do with one girl and three boys, so we're going to work our way through them. The boys are young enough for us to pick their costumes, and when they get starting to pick them, then we'll have to go with whatever they want," Wayne Cullinan, of Gulfport, said.
The best part, they say, is being able to create new family memories.
"We just started our family, so it's nice to start making the memories. I don't have a lot of family down here, so this is our family and we're making our memories," Julie Cullinan said.
"Best thing is I think it's traditions. In our family, we have tradition of everyone getting together and having a good time. That's probably the most important thing," Wayne Cullinan said.
The Halloween festival ended in the afternoon with trick-or-treating around the center.